You need same day courier work?

If you can multidrop why are bothering with this bollocks?

Posted under Courier Basics

Posted by Alec at 10:21 pm, February 28, 2007

Need a courier with a tail-lift van

Have you done a Specialist Search in the Directory? Enter ‘Specialised Services’ – Tail-lift Vehicles. ‘Proximity to major airport’ – Gatwick.

If all else fails then Ch***** Express at Colnbrook have a 7.5t tail-lift. There’s some guy over Dartford way a well.

Posted under Uncategorized

Posted by Alec at 8:03 pm, February 28, 2007

Courier ‘Network’ Invoices

Some of you appear to have not noticed that you can now clear your ‘jobs to invoice’ from My ‘Network’ without having to raise a ‘Network’ invoice.

There’s now NO POSSIBLE EXCUSE for raising a ‘Network’ invoice and your own invoice with a different number SO PLEASE STOP DOING IT.

And while you’re at it PLEASE STOP sending us hard copy ‘Network’ invoices that we’ve already paid., copies of ‘Network’ ‘Order Confirmations’ that we have no possible use for and ‘Network’ non-POD sheets that we could look at on the site if we had a mind to. It’s all irrelevant and just makes work for us. Some companies may require all this rubbish but we DON’T.

Could I also point out that you can now add your own customised message that will appear automatically at the bottom of every ‘Network’ invoice you produce. Maybe some of you could use this new facility to add your bank details to your invoices?

Posted under Courier Basics, Courier Financial Issues, VAT

Posted by Alec at 3:17 pm, February 28, 2007

Full company details now required on websites

I was just browsing through a few courier companies’ websites to get some ideas for a redevelopment of our own site. I was very impressed by one website in particular and then I remembered this thread.

So which courier ‘Network’ member that contributed to this thread has what seems to be a fictitious limited company name on their website, no company registration number, no VAT number and an ‘About Us’ page apparently stolen word for word from Citysprint’s website?

Posted under Legal Issues

Posted by Alec at 7:10 pm, February 27, 2007

Central Courier Company Slough

They’re also apparently in the same building as us – and the other business centre behind us. Odd how the management of the business centres have never heard of them though…….

Posted under Courier Scams

Posted by Alec at 3:38 pm, February 27, 2007

Time for a list of courier companies who pay late

Great idea Nige and I don’t want to pour cold water on it – BUT>>

Who’s got the time and the energy to run it? Who’s going to pay the legal bills when when of the people named get’s arsey about it? And who’s going to stick one of their pals on a list of bad payers?

It needs to be an ‘automatic’, user-administered facility, an integral part of the courier ‘Network’ that it’s impossible to opt out of if you’re a ‘Network’ member.

Either an e-bay style rating system or the payment-time monitoring system I mentioned earlier.

Posted under Courier and Freight Exchanges, Late Payment

Posted by Alec at 2:50 pm, February 27, 2007


How’s a courier owner-driver going to run a credit check on a company when he’s out on the road Nigel? And are you going to encourage him to add the extra cost of all these credit checks onto his bills?

If you were to credit-check MOST of the companies on here you wouldn’t get any useful information back. Most of us are too small or too new to have any relevant credit history. And anyway what good’s a credit report based on a 12 month old set of accounts that invariably overstate a company’s fixed assets?

Posted under Courier Financial Issues, Late Payment

Posted by Alec at 12:44 pm, February 27, 2007

A lot of couriers that Factor their invoices seem to go out of business quickly

A bit of a slur on the well-run companies that factor Simon?

Factoring is only good for one thing – to finance rapid, continuous and sustainable growth at high margins – and it’s only good for that if the company’s run well enough to keep the factoring company’s incompetence in check.

The question is, whether it’s the factoring companies’ incompetence that bankrupts the courier company or whether some courier companies make inappropriate use of factoring companies.

Posted under Courier Financial Issues, Late Payment

Posted by Alec at 4:51 pm, February 26, 2007